The Congress of the United States and only the Congress of the United States is the sole legal authority that can grant approval and permission to a U.S. President to go to war, except in truly extraordinary circumstances. In other words, if an American President wants to use the United States military to go to war, he or she has to have the permission of Congress, unless there is some compelling reason to act quickly without Congressional approval and permission.
Unilaterally effectively ceding that authority to the international community as Obama has done is not a compelling reason. It is a violation of American law and American sovereignty and an abrogation of his responsibility to uphold the Constitution of the United States and act within the boundaries and restraints of the office of President. It is also an impeachable offence. Obama did it once when he used the military to go to war against Libya without Congressional approval and permission and senior officials in the Administration have let it be known that it could very well happen again. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey just testified before a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting that international permission rather than Congressional approval provided a legal basis for military action by the United States. That Obama shares this opinion is a given.
If an American President refuses to go to war without the approval and permission of the international community, or goes to war without Congressional approval and permission, the United States is no longer a sovereign country and the international community controls the American military and American foreign policy, not the American people. The Obama Doctrine is to seek international approval and permission not Congressional approval and permission to use the military and it must be stopped in its tracks if Americans want to be masters of their own fate and want their President to be subject to the Constitution and the law…the American Constitution and American law.
Obama has to act in the best interests of the United States, not the international community, whatever that is. His primary responsibility is to America and Americans, not the international community. He is President of the United States not President of the international community and he has to do what is best for America and American’s, within the bounds of the Constitution and American law. If he fails to do that he must be impeached because of his flagrant disregard for the country, the Constitution, the law and the people, pure and simple. Does Obama deserve to be impeached? You bet he does. In fact, he deserved to be impeached a long time ago for any number of reasons, long before Libya and the so called ‘Arab Spring’ came along.
As for Panetta and Dempsey, their comments make them unfit for office and they should be removed from their positions, just like Obama. The question arises, why should the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff be in office if they don’t uphold the Constitution and American law and act in America’s best interests?